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Dedication marks opening of new JCC

About 200 Jewish community and civic leaders, including Mayor Gavin Newsom and his predecessor, Willie Brown, attended the dedication ceremony Monday, Jan. 12 at the new Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

Richard Goldman, who donated $10 million, was honored not only for his financial contribution but for his work in bringing together other philanthropists.

Preschool classes began Jan. 12, when the after-school program moved to the new JCC. The fitness center, gymnasium and pool will open for members at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, and on Monday, Jan. 26, the JCC will be open to the public, as classes and adult activities begin.

An all-day open house is planned for Sunday, March 28. The Judaica store is expected to open by early March and the cafe later that month. Information: (415) 292-1200.

Peace worker to share Mideast experiences

Congregation Sherith Israel’s social action committee will host an evening about the Interfaith Peace-Builder Delegation to Israel on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Emily Rosenberg, a San Francisco resident, is program associate for Middle East Peace Education at the American Friends Service Committee.

She is also a photographer and educator.

In April 2002 and August 2003, she co-led an interfaith delegation of people to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, so participants could see the conflict with their own eyes, and hear a variety of perspectives.

Rosenberg will speak at 7 p.m., at 2266 California St., S.F. Reservations are encouraged. Call Rachel at 346-1720, ext. 22, or e-mail [email protected].